United Way of Lamoille County’s New Foundations program just received a boost from the Vermont Women’s Fund. This grant will support New Foundations, providing supportive housing to single-parent families experiencing homelessness.
These dollars make a difference. A past participant states that “as a single mother of one I became homeless. With long waiting lists and a lack of affordable housing, I felt overwhelmed and alone. My Reach Up case manager recommended that I look into the New Foundations Program.” She states “this program is moving mountains for single mothers.” With dedication and perseverance, she has just graduated from Community College of Vermont and works for the state of Vermont in the Economic Services Division with the Reach Up program.
A local human service provider adds “the New Foundations program is an effective model of family support. There is a housing crisis in this county (and country!) – without housing, all other goals in life including education become secondary. For children, growing up in survival mode creates a cycle of unnecessary barriers that continue to negatively affect generation after generation unless somehow redirected. This program allows families a chance to maintain enough stability to hit life’s reset button.”
UWLC is honored to receive this grant to further Vermont Women’s fund mission ‘to advance gender equity and justice.’